The 5 Most Common Problems With Dental Appliances (and How to Solve Them)

Dental Appliance for Sleep Apnea 300 x 250Dental devices are great alternatives to CPAP masks for sleep apnea. These devices repositions your jaw so that your tongue and other oral structures do not fall backward to your throat during sleep that blocks your airway. They do not come, however, without any problems, especially for the first-time user.

To give you an idea, here are the common problems faced by dental appliance users:

Excessive Salivation

w_saliva It is a temporary problem that usually clears up within a short period once you get used to the device, as long as it fits properly.

 Bite Changes

w_biteMay result after long term use of an oral appliance. You can avoid this by simply clenching your back teeth after removing the dental device in the morning, for up to four or five times a minute, for a few minutes.

 Temporomandibular Joint Discomfort

TMJ PainTemporomandibular joint is the joint that connects your jaw to the top half of your head. If you experience this, you should visit your dentist and get the appliance adjusted because it may be straining your jaw too much.

 Broken or Loosened Teeth 

w_looseteethIf you notice your teeth getting loosened by the use of a dental appliance, then see your dentist immediately so he or she can take the necessary measures to prevent your teeth condition from further deteriorating.

 Mouth Sores

w_mouthsores Mouth sores can be caused by an ill-fitting dental device or prolonged use of a dental device. See your doctor to treat the sores and see your dentist to get the device adjusted

Muscle Spasms

w_spasmMuscle spasms again, may be due to an ill-fitting oral appliance. See your dentist to get the device properly adjusted, and do gentle jaw exercises to relieve the spasms.

Ear Pain Due to Too Much Strain on the Jaw

ear pain

Discontinue the use of the device for a while, and once the ear pain goes away, try using the device again (get it adjusted first so the same issue won’t repeat). If the ear pain does not go away, consult your doctor. Patients who are using dental appliances for the first time have a single problem in common — excessive salivation.

If you are experiencing this, don’t worry. As long as you have a device that fits perfectly in your mouth, then it’s just a matter of giving it time and adjusting to it. It’s a temporary problem where patients who have previously worn orthodontic appliances, sports mouth guards, or bruxism appliances don’t experience any more.

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